From a clinical perspective, the use of mobile technologies such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) within hospital environments is not new. A paradigm shift however, is underway towards the acceptance and utility of such systems within community-based healthcare environments. Notwithstanding, introducing new technologies and associated work practices has intrinsic risks which must be addressed. In situations where end-users of a system are traditionally averse to technology through entrenched paper-based work practices (for example, community health workers), the process of managing change bears considerable determination in system implementation success. The authors propose a novel approach to end user acceptance within the context of a mandated mobile health system in a community health setting. The ePOC (electronic point-of-care) project is used to demonstrate how higher levels of user acceptance are achievable in these implementation environments where traditionally low levels of technology acceptance and use are common.
Burgess, Lois; Cooper, Joan; and Sargent, Jason, "Optimising User Acceptance of Mandated Mobile Health Systems (MHS): The ePOC (Electronic Point-of-Care) Project Experience" (2008). BLED 2008 Proceedings. 45.